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 Manny Farber  (1917 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Arizona      Known for: mod real images, abstract, collage

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Manny, Stop Painting, 1987; Oil on Board, 1987 (2)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Film critic and painter Manny Farber grew up in the small town of Douglas, Arizona.  He attended the University of California at Berkeley for a short period before transferring to Stanford University.  He took his first art classes at Stanford and after graduation continued his art studies at the California School of Fine Arts and the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design.

In 1939, he moved to Washington, DC with his first wife Janet Terrace.  In Washington he worked in carpentry and taught painting.  They moved to New York City in 1942 where he wrote for the magazine the New Republic first as an art critic and later a film critic.  Farber went on to write for other publications throughout his career including Time, the Nation and Artforum.

Farber eventually divorced his first wife and married Marsha Picker.  The couple had one child, Amanda, in 1957.  Farber developed his painting while living in New York and had his first one-man gallery exhibition in 1957.

Farber's second marriage did not last, and he married again in the late 1960s to artist, Patricia Patterson with whom he collaborated on large abstract paintings.

In 1970 the couple moved to Southern California where Farber taught at the University of  California in San Diego (1970-1987).  Farber continued to write film critique and paint.  The subject and style of his paintings changed and he began painting more controlled still life works of symbolic objects arranged on table tops.

Many Farber died in 2008, having spent the later part of his life writing film criticism with his wife, Patricia Patterson.

Sources:
Art in America
, October 2004
"National News", ARTnews, October 2008, p.72

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